S.T. Game 28. Eovaldi and Headley lead Yanks to 7-0 win.

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When the Yanks traded Martin Prado and David Phelps for Nathan Eovaldi, the criticism against the 25 year old was on his 15-35 lifetime record so far. Yes, he threw hard, but….

Maybe pitching coach Larry Rothschild is turning Eovaldi from a hard thrower into a PITCHER. Eovaldi’s strong spring contined as the Yanks #4 starter tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings today in a 7-0 Yankees spring training win.

Hopefully he is a late bloomer and now, with experience, starts to turn it on.

Chase Headley backed him up with three hits, including a HR, and 3 RBI. Headley has been having a great spring.

Today marked A-Rod’s debut at 1B.

It’s too bad Rob Refsnyder needs more work on his defense, (five errors this spring), because the dude can hit. He had two more hits and an RBI today. If I make it to a game SWB plays, either in SWB or against LV (close to my home), I’ll be sure to keep my eye on Refsnyder.

Today’s pitching line:

Eovaldi 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

Whitley one batter and a strikeout.

Rogers 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 2 K.

It appears as if Whitley and Rogers will both make the team as the long men.

Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. He has a shot at the last bullpen spot.

Ramirez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 k.

Moves: The Yanks released Scott Baker. They would like to re-sign him and put him at AAA, but if he gets a major league offer elsewhere….

Jacob Lindgren is coming on fast, but the Yanks don’t want it to be too fast. He was sent down. Probably a good thing, since he has just 19 minor league games and 24 2/3 minor league innings (with 48 K) under his belt. But he’ll be in the Bronx very soon.

Bryan Mitchell and Kyle Davies are also ticketed for AAA.

From the LOHUD Yankees blog.;

Today’s cuts in Yankees camp:

· Optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell and OF Ramon Flores to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

· Reassigned RHP Kyle Davies,  C Francisco Arcia, INF Cole Figueroa, INF Jonathan Galvez, OF Slade Heathcott, C Kyle Higashioka, LHP Jacob Lindgren and RHP Nick Rumbelow to minor league camp.

· Unconditionally released RHP Scott Baker.

S.T. Game 27. Rough audition for Baker in Yanks’ loss, 10-2

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These games of spring training are so important for players on the bubble.

Scott Baker, in competition with Esmiel Rogers, Chase Whitley and Bryan Mitchell to make the team (probably as the long man since it appears that Adam Warren has claimed the #5 starter spot), had a rough outing today, giving up five runs in the Yanks’ 10-2 loss to the Orioles.

2 IP, 5 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 3 K.

Jacob Lindgren followed Baker. Lindgren, last year’s first round pick by the Yankees, has progressed nicely so far, but still probably needs more minor league seasoning. He only has 19 minor league games under his belt, and 24 2/3 IP. He did go 2-1, 2.19 with 48 K in that timeframe though. I could see him helping out if not later this year, then definitely in 2016.

1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Andrew Bailey could be a sleeper this year. Bailey, a 2x All-Star, is trying to come back from injury. So far, so good for Bailey.

1 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 walks and 0 K.

Chasen Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Dellin Betances is a concern right now. He gave up a run for his fifth consecutive spring training outing. We still have a little over a week to straighten him out, but right now he isn’t the Betances of 2014.

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Chris Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

The Yanks only got three hits in the game. Both runs were on solo HR, one by Stephen Drew, and the other by Alex Rodriguez, who has looked better this spring than expected.

CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and results were mixed. I have a lot of concerns about CC, who hasn’t been his old self since 2012. He missed most of 2014 with a knee injury and didn’t have a good 2013. Is he done? What can we expect? He says he feels good, but the results haven’t been there yet. It’s only spring training, but when someone is coming off injury and/or bad seasons, the red flags go up when that person struggles the following spring.

SS Didi Gregorious dove for a ball and sprained his wrist. He stayed in the game but was taken out early as a precaution. Gregorious’ D has drawn raves so far, and the main concern, his hitting, has been OK so far. Hopefully it isn’t major, but he was sent for precautionary X-rays.

 

S.T. Game 26. Yanks set first 4 rotation spots, crush Phils 10-0.

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Masahiro Tanaka will be the Yankees Opening Day Starter on April 6, and then he will be followed by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet, but all indications point to Adam Warren.

Meanwhile, in a game called in the sixth inning because of rain, the Yanks crushed the Phils 10-0 Friday.

Once again, Michael Pineda looked great, going 5 innings, 0 R, 5 hits, 0 walks and 5 K.

Stephen Drew was 3 for 3 for 2 RBI, Chris Young drove in two runs, Tyler Austin had a bases-loaded and clearing double, and Brendan Ryan went 2 for 3.

The win put the Yanks at 14-11-1 for the spring.

S.T. Game 25. Warren appears to win #5 slot, Yanks lose 6-5.

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Adam Warren gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, and appeared to win the #5 starting pitcher position as the Yanks lost to the Rays 6-5 in Thursday’s spring training action. Didi Gregorious (.308) had two hits and an RBI. Minor league OF Jake Cave continued a good spring (.462) by going 1 for 1 with an RBI. Minor league OF Ramon Flores was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder was 1 for 3 (.323), but made his fifth error of the spring. The pitching line: Warren 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Chris Martin 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Danny Burawa 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Tyler Webb 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The Yanks are 13-11-1 this spring.

S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.

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Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

 

S.T. Game 23. Flores’ walkoff HR helps Yanks win 9-8.

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Ramon Flores, down to his last strike, hit a 3-Run walkoff HR as the Yanks beat the Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night. The Yanks scored four in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Esmiel Rogers started, and in my opinion, did nothing to lead me to believe he deserves the #5 starting rotation spot over Adam Warren.

Mark Teixeira went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Rogers 3 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, (Rogers’ own error), 5 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Miller 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Nick Rumbelow 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Jeff Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Diego Moreno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Three errors tonight, one by Rogers, two by Francisco Arcia. Got to tighten up the D.

The Yanks are now 13-9-1 in spring training.

 

S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 7-6 despite Young’s 2 HR

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Chris Young hit 2 HR and Brian McCann added another one, but the Yankees lost to Washington 7-6 in Monday’s spring training game.

Hopefully Brett Gardner heats up when the season starts. He was 0 for 4 yesterday and struck out twice. He’s hitting just .132 this spring.

Starting next Sunday I really get interested. When there is a week left and most cuts have been made, I want to see what we’ve got with the players who are left and going north to the Bronx.

Young went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, and McCann’s was a 2-run shot. Backup C John Ryan Murphy had two hits as the DH yesterday. The Yanks played with the DH, the Nationals without. Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, going 2 for 2. It’s Refsnyder’s defense that needs some improvement and is why he’ll be ticketed for AAA. However if Stephen Drew fails to hit….

I have read reports where scouts are down on Drew and Carlos Beltran. Just saying.

Bryan Mitchell was so-so in trying to win the #5 starter job.

Mitchell 3 1/3, 2 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and 3 K.

Kyle Davies 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,0 walks and 0 K.

The pitchers weren’t helped by three Yankees’ errors. (Noonan, McCann, Arcia).